Saturday, December 11, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The journey of motherhood, which includes preconception, pregnancy, birth and beyond into forever, when viewed from a shamanic perspective offers many lessons, insights and a deep knowing of the flow of nature and life. The Pregnancy The Inner Journey workshops allow us that experience and we are all forever enriched by sharing our stories and hearing those of "the other voices of our selves speaking". There were two pregnancy workshops held this early summer, one in the Southern Highlands of NSW and one in Kew in Melbourne.
(front left to right) Diana, Charlotte, Harriet, Amanda, Liz, (back left to right) Stephanie, Melody, Donna, Aenea
AND, check out Renae's blog re attending Moonsong http://twothowandzen.blogspot.com/
(front left to right) Sally, Judy, Julia Rose, (back left to right) Sharon, Lizzy and Delphi, Bronte, Hazel, Leia
(front left to right) Alyce, Natasha, Charlotte, Melody, Heather. (back left to right) Renae, Peta, Liz, Stephanie, Jane
The stories shared by the women are true 'hero-ine's journeys', tales of traveling deep within and returning with the 'treasure'!
Each story tells the journey of a woman birthing not only her baby but herself as a mother, and that happens whether that be for the first time or the fourth. And for those not birthing babies, birthing the next version of themselves.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
My words to the maidens:
"May your life as a woman be filled with love and joy and at the inevitable times when it is not, may you know that this is temporary. And at the low times you need to feel them fully, knowing that 'this too will pass'. Remember that your bleeding time is our time to let go of what no longer serves you so as to uncomplicate your experience of life with unnecessary dramas, fears or worries. Blessings on you little Sister. May the moon light your way in the dark and the sun lead you to your brightness. And may you feel the Earth, our Mother, speak to you and guide you on your path."
Monday, September 13, 2010
We celebrate Easter in the southern hemisphere at the same time as the northern hemisphere, simply because of generational habit, not seasonal appropriateness. The word Easter comes from the name of the ancient anglo-saxon spring Goddess Eostra or Eostara. And the Easter bunny and Easter eggs are all symbols of the fertility that is celebrated at the Spring Equinox. Eggs are a symbol of new life.
To honour and celebrate this time you could gather with some like-minded folk, or with your children and conduct a ceremony to give thanks for new ways, new opportunities and balance in your lives.
Here's a suggestion for a simple ceremony to honour the Spring Equinox with your family and friends.
Paint an egg, perhaps simply decoratively or perhaps with symbols to give particular meanings, to represent something new starting in your life, or something you would like to start. Make a 'nest', place it in the centre of your circle that you create together to do your ceremony. Do what you do to make sacred space, call for protection, guidance and support and focus together. Go around the circle and have each person explain what their egg represents for them, what their dreams and intentions for new growth this season are and then place the egg in the nest. Once all the eggs are in the nest have everyone focus on them and send their loving supportive energy. This can be done by visualising pink light flowing from your heart area. Conclude your ceremony going around the circle again with each person making a wish for their community and one for the planet.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Following are some words about this seasonal shift and ancient festival and some suggestions on how to honour this time.
At Imbolc (or “Ground Hog Day” as its called in North America when it occurs on February 2nd) we see, feel and hear the beginning signs of Spring. Winter is over, Spring cometh. It may well still be very cold but the energy has shifted. It is the time we see new growth following the seeming dormancy of Winter. Imbolc is a time of hope, a time filled with the excitement of new possibilities for the future, either brand new possibilities or those we’ve dreamed up, ‘seeded’ over the winter. Imbolc was traditionally a Celtic Fire Festival dedicated to the Goddess Brigid.
At Imbolc, the seed, held in the dark Earth over the Winter has germinated, it finds it’s way through the Earth’s surface to see the light, to show itself, to grow.
Aligning with the Imbolc energy - taking our cues from Nature, we can now ‘see’ the beginnings of our plans and dreams that have been gestating within us over winter. ‘See’ these plans and dreams as ‘seeds’ and see what’s ‘sprouting’ after the months of incubation.
Do my dreams and plans look like they have or will “sprout and grow”?
If they don’t, how do I feel about that?
What do I need to do to nurture the new growth?
Is it time to revisit my plan or dream making or am I getting the ‘dream’ I ‘need’?
As well as a time of new beginnings, Imbolc is a potent time to clear away past disappointments, to let go of old dreams and to step fully into the present, to ‘rebirth’ ourselves. Our ‘dreams’/desires and attachments reveal a lot about us and their manifestation, or not, is part of this information.
Imbolc is either dream ‘tweaking’ time or dream nurturing time.
Thinking metaphorically, ‘seeing’ your life as a garden, and thinking of ‘weeds’, what can you see peaking it’s head up again? Do you really want to take that through the next growth cycle again? to get bigger and stronger? Or can you ‘nip it in the bud’ so to speak and replace it with the ‘growth’ you want to see happen this cycle?
Time to be the loving gardener at the beginning of the springtime of this next year’s cycle in your life.
You can enact this energy ceremonially in a variety of ways.
* Create an Imbolc altar with things around you, both your treasures and gifts from Nature, that remind you of the energy of the beginning of Spring.
* You could literally nurture some seedlings so that you ‘see’ what it takes to nurture new sprouts. You could do this with your children, for quick results you could sprout alfalfa or other beans and perhaps name the sprouts for a new way of being or learning etc eg “as I care for these sprouts I care for the new part of me that will be braver/kinder/tidier/more focussed etc” .
* Light a candle, call on the energy and power of Imbolc. Write down all your dreams and plans you’ve been “gestating”, see them as sprouts all in a row and now as the loving gardener, cull the sprouts that have less life force, those that ‘look’ less likely to survive and focus your energy on the sprouts that have the best chance over the coming cycle of survival and growth to their full potential. The conditions this coming cycle may suit some “sprouts” over others, bring that awareness into your culling process. That’s what this time gives you - the opportunity to ‘see’ which of your seeds/plans/dreams have the greatest chance of survival so you can let go of the others and nurture and focus on these. Notice any feelings or past issues that come up for you as you choose one ‘sprout’ over another and journal with yourself to find all that represents for you and how that may inhibit or obstruct your path forward nurturing your chosen ‘sprouts’. Let go of the ‘sprouts’ that aren’t going to make it, perhaps they will another time, perhaps not. Their life force, as in the garden, will ‘feed’ the remaining ‘sprouts’. Be ruthless and courageous with the culling of your ‘sprouts’. How many ‘sprouts’ can you manage/nurture this Spring? Maybe 4, maybe 1? You will know. And remember, you will get this opportunity every year.
* Start your Spring Cleaning, both literal and metaphoric. Empty out the old and make room for the new.
* Emerge from the darker part of the cycle into the building light as the days get longer and the sun gets warmer. It will still be dark early and cold during the weeks ahead but with a slow lengthening of the days. It is as if we slowly emerge from the dark where we have been relying on our inner senses to say “see in the dark”, to feel our way around in the darkness. Think of the metaphoric meaning of this and the opportunity to bring these inner senses out, to bring the skills of clairvoyance, clairaudience and clairsentience into our lives more. Do you know what your ‘access sense’ is? How you receive information?
* Prepare a feast of local seasonal foods and give thanks at your table for all that this new cycle will bring you. Traditional foods of Imbolc include those that represent growth, such as seeds (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin, etc) as well as dairy foods, bread, cake, curry, onions, leeks, garlic honey and herbal teas.
* Herbs and flowers associated with Imbolc include: angelica, basil, bay, benzoin, celandine, heather, myrrh, snowdrop, rowan and all yellow flowers. Perhaps make a wreath of one or some combination of these or use them in your cooking or herbal teas.
* Make candles as was the tradition at this time. Use them for your spell work, they will hold the energy of hope and potential that this time brings.
Imbolc is the time to visualize life flourishing with abundance, creativity and renewed strength.
Oyster Bay, Tasmania, Moonsong Altar
The next day a group of 10 mothers and maidens gathered for an introduction to the menstrual cycle. The mothers all shared what they had been told before they started their cycle, what they'd learned through their years of menstruation and what they wish they'd been told as young girls. The gathering helped to demystify the menstrual cycle for the girls, introducing the opportunity inherent in the cycle for renewal on the physical, emotional and spiritual planes and provided some healing and insights for their mothers.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
In Autumn in Melbourne, 10 of us gathered around our central altar and shared a special time together. There were so many Goddess Eyes created those days, lots of women's wisdom shared and a deep connection to our inner knowing and the sacredness of pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
One of the subjects that we dialogued on was Orgasm as Teacher and Preparation for Childbirth. Much deep wisdom connecting a woman's experience of orgasm with clues for what she will need in labour and how her partner can best be with her at that time was shared. See my blog on http://www.kindredcommunity.com/ for some words on this subject:
Monday, May 3, 2010
We honoured our ancestors and the turning of the wheel of the year, scryed in the crystal ball, burned our fears away and then played traditional Hallowe'en games - eating donuts hanging from strings with no hands and bobbing for apples.
In the dark, with the campfire glowing we feasted on pumpkin and autumn vegetable soup, damper, sausages and pumpkin tarts. Then finally! - we got to handing out the treats.
Lots of fun.
The gathering was a perfect melding of suitably solemn and riotous fun. And we all were reminded of the inevitability of endings, of death, and our responsibility to be Present and in full awareness of the sweetness of life.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
And, to align with the energy of the season, Midsummer, the peak of
the sun, the time of maximum potential, equivalent to the energy of a full moon and ovulation - each family visited the central altar, set down a flower, and gave thanks for what they wanted to see come to 'full bloom' in their lives.